I was on the phone the other day going through the application process for a new mobile phone when the question came
“occupation?” **silence** “occupation please?” he repeated.
It wasn’t that i hadn’t heard him, i was just wondering what to say. I finally plumped for “none”.
“Do you mean housewife?” he suggested. “Yes, yes that’s right”.
Thing was, i didn’t expect it to be on the list. I thought he’d meant a paid job.
That’s what most people mean when they say “and what do you do?”
6 months ago it would have been easy – “i work in digital marketing”. Now i’m not sure what to say.
Is that why so many stay-at-home mums seem to end up doing voluntary work, setting up their own small business franchises, or going back to college? Are we really trying to to “keep our brains active”, our “toes in the water” or are we doing it just so that we can answer that question? Feel less guilty? Because even though our work never stops, for some reason we still feel like we ought to get a “proper” job.
All i know is, i’ve somehow found myself doing a new course, and applying for voluntary work all in the space of a few months. No wonder i’m feeling pretty good about myself.
So maybe next time someone asks me what i do. i’ll reply
“**ing loads” and smile sweetly.